Saturday 22 September, 2018

VIDEO: Virgin Atlantic Heathrow flight to Barbados, a lucky first

Passenger being welcomed by dancer at the Grantley Adams International Airport (PHOTO: Richard Grimes)

Passenger being welcomed by dancer at the Grantley Adams International Airport (PHOTO: Richard Grimes)

The first ever Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow, London landed in Barbados this week and was welcomed with open arms.

Passengers were greeted warmly on the Grantley Adams International Airport’s tarmac Tuesday evening by officials from within the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, players in the Tourism industry, dancers, stilt walkers and the sweet sounds of the steel pan when flight VS131 touched down at around 3:30 pm.

 

This inaugural flight from Heathrow, London was smooth and uneventful according to Pilot John Fullager.

“The flight was just over eight hours and we had nice conditions over the Atlantic. It was unusually very clear over the island of Barbados. There were some clouds over but we could see it from a long way out. It was nice to come back to Barbados for the first time in six months. We have 24 hours now to enjoy your island and then we have some more passengers waiting to fly home, so we’re going to be doing that tomorrow [Wednesday].”

Luckily, the storm conditions in England over the weekend did not prompt the flight to be cancelled like many others, Fullager added.

“We were lucky. Over the weekend England got hit by a big snow storm which meant they were lots of cancellations and problems in the airline industry and also we had a problem with transport. We had to de-ice the aircraft before leaving London... We got off quite quickly so we were lucky. We left after the storm.”

Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy commended Virgin Atlantic, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), GAIA and partners in London for all coming together and taking this much-needed step.

“I want to thank Virgin Atlantic for responding to the call from the government and people of Barbados and making this flight a reality.

“I want to thank the team at BTMI, the team at GAIA Inc and the office in London that worked so hard and of course we commend them for making this a reality.”